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Eating These Foods May Be the Single Best Way to Tame Inflammation

Functional medicine doctor Mark Hyman, M.D., explains why these picks boost energy and ward off disease.

Chronic inflammation is directly tied to a whole host of health destroyers; everything from heart disease and arthritis to erectile dysfunction, and low testosterone. And while there is still some debate about exactly how big of a role your diet can play in reducing inflammation, experts have identified some foods that fuel it, like processed meats, sugary beverages, and refined carbs.

They’ve also honed in on foods that help prevent the chronic inflammation that can shorten your healthspan and lifespan.

Recently, functional medicine doctor Mark Hyman, M.D., author of the forthcoming Young Forever, shared 11 foods that fight inflammation in an Instagram post. We recognized a few, but others surprised us.

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